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The 1 Little Tool That might Just Save Your Life After a Natural Disaster

Updated on September 6, 2014

The Key to Survival

In a survival situation there are a few basics you will need and a saw is one of them but carrying a chainsaw or standard wood saw is not always practical. This is where a hand chainsaw really comes in useful, it is small, lightweight and always works in all temperatures, when wet and without fuel.

If you find yourself in a survival situation you must start to prioritise.

Shelter is the most important thing which will keep you alive. When you are cold, wet and lacking sleep everything else is 100 times harder. Making a shelter must be your first job and you can't cut down a tree to make a basic shelter with a pocket knife!

A simple shelter can be made from just one small felled tree covered with leaves and small branches or a tarp.

Survival Basics

In a Survival Situation an average Human can

  • Survive for 3 Weeks without food
  • Survive for 3 Days without Water
  • Die in 3 Hours from exposure

Shelter and water are your priorities. Using a saw you achieve both by cutting down small trees/branches for a shelter and making a fire to boil water to make it safe to drink.

The Chainmate Pocket Survival Saw


Build A Shelter

If it is very hot or very cold you will need shelter, from the cold wind and rain/snow or the baking sun. A shelter will help to either raise or lower the temperature significantly.

A simple lean to shelter can be made by cutting a few branches about 2 metres long and then covering with branches full of leaves.


Purify Water

Dehydration is one of your biggest threats and carrying large amounts of clean water is not really an option.

There is often water around but it is usually infested with highly dangerous and often fatal bacteria. There are lots of water purification solutions around but the best (and free) method is to boil the water unit you have a 'rolling boil' after filtering it through cloth or charcoal from your fire. The Chainmate will help you cut logs for your fire to make stagnant water safe.

You can even distill urine and saltwater with a fire to make drinking water!


Cut Logs for a Fire

Even if the nighttime temperature isn't that cold you still need a campfire. Making a campfire can be very therapeutic and watching the flames can keep you sane if you are lost, alone and without food. Most animals have an instinct fear of fire so it will keep you safe from unwanted nighttime visitors and the smoke will keep some bugs away.


Clear a Path

Even the best four wheel drive vehicles cannot drive through fallen trees. After a natural disaster like a tornado fallen trees will frequently block roads and the chainmate can be used to cut out a section, allowing you to get to a hospital or emergency shelter. Even a small fallen tree can block your path or damage your vehicle causing it to get break down.

There may even be times when you need to cut down a couple of trees to make a simple bridge to get over a ditch or deep rut.

See The Chainmate In Action

Product Review

I will tell you why this product is so amazing but if you don't just want to take my word for it then maybe the fact that it is one of the most popular products on Amazon in multiple categories will convince you. Or maybe the other fact that it has over 700 customer reviews on Amazon with an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5!

Still not sure? Well it was previously only available to the military and everyone knows they get the best kit first!

Made in the USA with carbon steel teeth it fits in your pocket, weighs very little, can cut through thick logs and branches in seconds and unlike a conventional chainsaw doesn't need gas and will still work if it is submerged in water when crossing a river or stream! Available in 24" Inch or 48" Inch but the 24" Inch is by far the most popular and practical length.

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BioLite Wood Burning Campstove

The BioLite wood burning stove produces electricity from burning bio matter. Charge a mobile phone or flashlight via the built in USB port. Ideal for camping trips, power failures, emergencies and essential for any preppers kit.

The upright design is the most efficient way to get the most heat from the materials you have to burn. This will boil water, making it safe to drink in the shortest amount of time and at the same time produce power to charge a phone or flashlight giving you enough power to make a life saving emergency call or check your location with a GPS.


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    • SpaceShanty profile image

      SpaceShanty 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Robert!

    • robertzimmerman2 profile image

      Robert Zimmerman 3 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      Getting people to just think about survival and preparedness is half the battle these days. Good job!

    • TheHoleStory profile image

      TheHoleStory 4 years ago from Parsons, West Virginia

      That video of the little hand held chain saw is awesome. I'm going to have to get me one of those little babies! Great Hub SpaceShanty!